MotoGP Mugello: Starting Grids

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa will start the 2010 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM from pole position, his second of the season, after a superb late lap deposed current championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo, from the top of the timesheet.

"It’s great to take pole here," declared Pedrosa. "We’ve been working very hard through free practice and in qualifying this afternoon to improve things from yesterday. We’ve achieved this, so I’m satisfied. Lorenzo will be the man to beat tomorrow, but we are confident that we are in better shape than for the last race in Le Mans. I think it will be a fun race tomorrow."

Lorenzo had taken provisional pole position with ten minutes of the session remaining, becoming the first rider of the weekend to get under the 1’49" barrier by four-thousandths of a second, but Pedrosa’s effort means Lorenzo will go for his third straight win of the campaign from second position on the grid tomorrow.

"I am very happy about how my bike is feeling at Mugello," said Lorenzo. "I have a good race pace, the Bridgestone tyres feel good and I think I can make a fight tomorrow."

Joining the Spanish duo on the front row will be Casey Stoner, who overcame problems with his Ducati Desmosedici that have plagued him all weekend to jump up from ninth to third in the final moments of this afternoon’s qualifying session, knocking his team-mate, Nicky Hayden, back to the second row of the grid.

"I’d love to say we’re ready for the race tomorrow, but the reality is we’re far from it," explained Stoner. "It was a bit if a banzai lap in qualifying to be honest; we still need to find around six tenths if we are to be competitive with Jorge and Dani tomorrow. But, if we can find something in warm-up, then we could be in a good position."

Hayden will start alongside Colin Edwards and Randy de Puniet, who both enjoyed a positive qualifying session at a sun-drenched Mugello this afternoon.

Ben Spies will start his first MotoGP race at Mugello from seventh place, after an impressive weekend learning yet another new circuit, and Andrea Dovizioso will also be on the third row for his home race. Aleix Espargaró continued to improve on his satellite Pramac Ducati to claim ninth place, his best qualifying position to date, while another rookie, Hiroshi Aoyama, rounded out the top ten.

A notable absence from the session was Valentino Rossi. The reigning World Champion was taken to hospital earlier in the day after a crash in the morning practice, and will have an operation this evening on a fractured right tibia.

"I didn’t see Rossi’s crash, but what I’ve heard about the injury doesn’t sound good," said Pedrosa. "I just hope the operation goes well for him, because the first operation is always the most important."

MotoGP Start Positions

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
126Dani

PEDROSA
SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda329.31’48.819 
299Jorge

LORENZO
SPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha324.81’48.9960.177 / 0.177
327Casey

STONER
AUSDucati Marlboro TeamDucati339.31’49.4320.613 / 0.436
469Nicky

HAYDEN
USADucati Marlboro TeamDucati336.41’49.5460.727 / 0.114
55Colin

EDWARDS
USAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha323.91’49.6830.864 / 0.137
614Randy DE

PUNIET
FRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda323.91’49.7370.918 / 0.054
711Ben SPIESUSAMonster

Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha320.41’49.8611.042 /

0.124
84Andrea

DOVIZIOSO
ITARepsol Honda TeamHonda327.31’50.0651.246 / 0.204
941Aleix

ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati335.21’50.1681.349 / 0.103
107Hiroshi

AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda330.41’50.2241.405 / 0.056
1158Marco

SIMONCELLI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda327.11’50.4341.615 / 0.210
1265Loris

CAPIROSSI
ITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki322.81’50.4791.660 / 0.045
1340Hector

BARBERA
SPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati341.21’50.5611.742 / 0.082
1433Marco

MELANDRI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda328.91’50.6641.845 / 0.103
1536Mika KALLIOFINPramac

Racing Team
Ducati338.51’50.9702.151 /

0.306
1619Alvaro

BAUTISTA
SPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki324.71’53.2434.424 / 2.273
 46Valentino

ROSSI
ITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha

Moto2

Andrea Iannone gave the home crowd something to cheer about at Mugello today, by taking pole position for the Moto2 race at the Italian circuit after a hectic qualifying session. Iannone’s lap of 1’55.598 secured him the fourth pole of his career – his first in the new intermediate category – by a margin of 0.260s.

Joining him on the front row will be current championship leader Toni Elías who put in a hot final lap of the session to rise to second, having been much further down the timesheet for most of practice and qualifying. Alex de Angelis and Jules Cluzel were separated by just five-hundredths of a second in third and fourth, as they completed the front row.

Shoya Tomizawa, who is lying second in the overall standings and 18 points off Elías going into tomorrow’s race, will lead the second row after setting the fifth best time, with Sergio Gadea, Gabor Talmacsi and Axel Pons also inside the top eight. Talmacsi had a fall towards the end of the session, which severely damaged his bike, but left the former 125cc World Champion uninjured

Thomas Lüthi and Julián Simón also set top-ten times, with the latter sliding out at the very end of the session but returning to his bike immediately.

Moto2 Start Positions

Mugello, Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
129Andrea

IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up281.71’55.598 
224Toni ELIASSPAGresini

Racing Moto2
Moriwaki284.71’55.8580.260 /

0.260
315Alex DE

ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210273.61’56.2220.624 / 0.364
416Jules

CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter270.31’56.2720.674 / 0.050
548Shoya

TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter270.41’56.2840.686 / 0.012
640Sergio

GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex277.21’56.2960.698 / 0.012
72Gabor

TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up278.71’56.3050.707 / 0.009
880Axel PONSSPATenerife

40 Pons
Pons Kalex279.51’56.3310.733 /

0.026
912Thomas

LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki279.61’56.3390.741 / 0.008
1060Julian

SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter270.91’56.3430.745 / 0.004
1125Alex

BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.273.61’56.3880.790 / 0.045
1255Hector

FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter275.41’56.4430.845 / 0.055
1319Xavier

SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym RacingMoriwaki275.81’56.4660.868 / 0.023
1435Raffaele

DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3278.41’56.5430.945 / 0.077
156Alex DEBONSPAAeroport

de Castello – Ajo
FTR269.61’56.6471.049 /

0.104
1644Roberto

ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter272.91’56.6491.051 / 0.002
1752Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni

CP Racing
Moriwaki280.41’56.6521.054 /

0.003
1841Arne TODEGERRacing

Team Germany
Suter278.61’56.6651.067 /

0.013
1972Yuki

TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3273.61’56.7161.118 / 0.051
2017Karel

ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR281.01’56.7181.120 / 0.002
2163Mike DI

MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter274.21’56.7461.148 / 0.028
2271Claudio

CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter275.41’56.7991.201 / 0.053
2365Stefan

BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter275.71’56.8511.253 / 0.052
2414Ratthapark

WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota270.91’56.8881.290 / 0.037
2575Mattia

PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi279.41’56.8971.299 / 0.009
263Simone

CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi275.21’56.8981.300 / 0.001
2768Yonny

HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2273.31’56.9111.313 / 0.013
2845Scott

REDDING
GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter284.91’57.0491.451 / 0.138
2977Dominique

AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter273.41’57.3801.782 / 0.331
3061Vladimir

IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki284.61’57.3921.794 / 0.012
3159Niccolo

CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210272.71’57.4001.802 / 0.008
3239Robertino

PIETRI
VENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter276.91’57.4551.857 / 0.055
339Kenny NOYESUSAJack

& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris272.71’57.4671.869 / 0.012
345Joan OLIVESPAJack

& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris274.31’57.5891.991 / 0.122
3510Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday

Gym G22
Moriwaki272.11’57.6902.092 /

0.101
3676Bernat

MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota265.71’57.7332.135 / 0.043
3753Valentin

DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV274.71’57.9402.342 / 0.207
3821Vladimir

LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter269.71’58.2472.649 / 0.307
398Anthony

WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda265.51’58.4302.832 / 0.183
4088Yannick

GUERRA
SPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki267.31’58.4672.869 / 0.037
4196Anthony

DELHALLE
FRABlusens-STXBQR-Moto2271.91’58.7013.103 / 0.234

125cc GP

Sandro Cortese will start tomorrow’s 125cc race from pole position, after stealing the number one slot on the grid from Pol Espargaró right at the end of this afternoon’s qualifying session. Espargaró was unable to respond, having crashed without injury with just ten minutes of the session left to run.

Bancaja Aspar team-mates Bradley Smith and current World Championship leader Nico Terol complete the front row, as both came within three-tenths of the top time.

Randy Krummenacher, Marc Márquez, Esteve Rabat and Efrén Vázquez will all be present on the second row after good qualification performances, although Vázquez experienced a fall at the very end of the session.

Johann Zarco and Tomoyoshi Koyama were inside the top ten, with British rider Danny Webb 13th. There were crashes for Adrián Martín and Luigi Morciano.

125cc GP Start Positions

Mugello, Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
111Sandro

CORTESE
GERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi233.01’58.315 
244Pol

ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi234.21’58.3360.021 / 0.021
338Bradley

SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia234.01’58.5720.257 / 0.236
440Nicolas

TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia237.61’58.5860.271 / 0.014
535Randy

KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia232.31’58.6820.367 / 0.096
693Marc

MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi234.91’58.7050.390 / 0.023
712Esteve

RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia238.01’59.1770.862 / 0.472
87Efren

VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi232.21’59.3411.026 / 0.164
914Johann

ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia236.11’59.6171.302 / 0.276
1071Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia241.11’59.6921.377 / 0.075
1153Jasper

IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia233.81’59.8091.494 / 0.117
1239Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar

Racing GP
Aprilia238.02’00.0521.737 /

0.243
1399Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia

Cajasol
Aprilia240.22’00.1311.816 /

0.079
1423Alberto

MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia236.42’00.5592.244 / 0.428
1595Alessandro

TONUCCI
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia219.82’00.7742.459 / 0.215
1692Luigi

MORCIANO
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia234.32’00.8902.575 / 0.116
175Alexis

MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia227.42’01.3002.985 / 0.410
1878Marcel

SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten Honda 125Honda236.72’01.3122.997 / 0.012
1950Sturla

FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia229.82’01.3513.036 / 0.039
2015Simone

GROTZKYJ
ITAFontana RacingAprilia229.62’01.5893.274 / 0.238
2184Jakub

KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia228.32’01.6833.368 / 0.094
2251Riccardo

MORETTI
ITAJunior GP FMIAprilia224.02’01.7973.482 / 0.114
2394Jonas

FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia223.82’01.8683.553 / 0.071
2496Tommaso

GABRIELLI
ITARacing Team GabrielliAprilia226.92’01.8983.583 / 0.030
2532Lorenzo

SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia219.92’02.2433.928 / 0.345
2698Mattia

TAROZZI
ITAFaenza RacingAprilia233.02’02.4174.102 / 0.174
2763Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia225.92’02.5864.271 / 0.169
2897Armando

PONTONE
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia215.72’02.7634.448 / 0.177
2960Michael

VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta220.92’03.1144.799 / 0.351
3087Luca

MARCONI
ITAOngetta TeamAprilia234.32’03.2454.930 / 0.131
3169Louis ROSSIFRACBC

Corse
Aprilia224.92’03.8645.549 /

0.619
3272Marco

RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta211.32’06.1267.811 / 2.262
 26Adrian

MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia193.32’21.69523.380 / 15.56

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